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The front image for The Pirate Bay was redecorated in celebration of the site's victory, which its administrators feel is inevitable.  (Source: The Pirate Bay)
Site’s admins denounce accusations as idiotic

Making good on a promise tendered last week, the country of Sweden pressed charges against four ThePirateBay.org administrators, accusing them of conspiring to break Swedish copyright law.

According to prosecutor Håkan Roswall, the BitTorrent supersite commercially exploits copyright-protected works through ad revenues, of which it nets over $3 million annually.  The four men charged include The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter “Brokep” Sunde, administrators Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij, and businessman/entrepreneur Carl Lundström, whose company once provided hosting for the site. Authorities specifically named 33 different copyrighted works, comprising of 20 songs, nine films and four computer games for which The Pirate Bay made torrents available illegally.

Roswall says that the four should be made to pay at least $188,000, which the indictment says is the minimum profit that The Pirate Bay made from its activities. If convicted, they could face up to two years in prison.

IFPI chairman John Kennedy says The Pirate Bay is primarily interested in “making money, not music” and that the site turned Sweden, which is “normally the most law abiding of EU countries,” into a copyright charlatan, with “intellectual property laws on par with Russia.”

Despite the accusations, The Pirate Bay seems unfazed. “In case we lose the pending trial (yeah right) there will still not be any changes to the site. The Pirate Bay will keep operating just as always. We've been here for years and we will be here many more,” writes an unnamed administrator on the site’s official blog, before pointing out that Swedish police could have “saved a hell of a lot of trees” by posting the 4,620 pages of legal documents against Sunde and friends – available for approximately $1000 USD – in a PDF torrent on the site.

The Pirate Bay says that it hosts close to a million torrents, which point to files on users’ computers that are distributed across the BitTorrent network. The site maintains that it does not host nor trade in infringing material, an accusation that Sunde dismissed as “idiotic” in an interview with Reuters conducted earlier last January.

BBC’s dot.life blogger Darren Waters believes The Pirate Bay – as opposed to other torrent supersites – was targeted because of its openly defiant attitude and historic resilience to legal threats; the site keeps an online graveyard of sorts littered with takedown notices and administrators’ sarcastic responses. The Pirate Bay’s adversaries include almost every major copyright organization on the planet, as well as numerous artists, software developers, and filmmakers.

Thus far – with one exception, due to a police raid in May 2006 that knocked the site offline for a few days – The Pirate Bay continues to operate unrestricted.



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RE: Humane Laws
By lompocus on 2/3/2008 2:53:27 AM , Rating: -1
the child pr0n is a metaphor for the illegal things you'll find on TPB (unless they filter that out, but based on the fact that they let everything else in they probably don't bother). I doubt such a video exists, but hell TPB has everything else. I say down with filesharing altogether then. Make everything like it illegal. tada, all problems solved.

I think it makes sense to nuke them, though :). You blow up the problem :). I've yet to see any centralized problem like this appear on the U.S., so why not nuke everyone else? :)


RE: Humane Laws
By damncrackmonkey on 2/3/2008 4:11:28 PM , Rating: 2
I am now dumber for having read his posts.

There is no sane way you can praise IsoHunt and YouTube for giving you "expensive products for free at a quick rate with no hassle or downtime or even the need to pay" while claiming The Pirate Bay is nothing but a bunch of child porn whose owners should be nuked.

"I've yet to see any centralized problem like this appear on the U.S., so why not nuke everyone else?"

The vast majority of these 'centralized problems' started in the US. Of course, as a fan of IsoHunt and YouTube, you should have already known that.


RE: Humane Laws
By kiwik on 2/8/2008 1:23:52 AM , Rating: 1
It would be a lot better for the rest of the planet if you leave the Internet now and just forget about using it ever again. Seriously.

And I'm writing a letter to the president requesting a nuclear strike on your house.

Tada.


"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il














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